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RedEye

 

The Diva's review of
RedEye(2005)

 

redeye Rated PG-13; running time of 1 hour and 25 minutes
Genre: Thriller
Written by: Carl Ellsworth
Directed by: Wes Craven
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Kyle Gallner, Brittany Oaks, Laura Johnson




WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Lisa is a cracker jack and smart hotel manager. She has had a death in the family and is traveling back home from Texas to Miami on the redeye. The Redeye is a slang term that has been given to that late and last flight to your destination. The one that leaves at midnight and gets you to your stop early the next morning. Anyway, Lisa is awesome at what she does, so much so, that the Deputy Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security asks for her specifically. But she had delegated his needs to her assistant, because there is only so much she can do on an airplane.

While waiting to check her bags prior to boarding, she meets a charismatic fellow passenger named Jackson (Cillian Murphy). He is beyond charming an d she is smitten. They share a drink and end up sitting next to each other on the plane. But Lisa soon finds out that Jackson is not who he claims to be. He knows much more about her than she thinks he knows. He knows her job and connection to the Department of Homeland Security and he wants to exploit that. At home, her father is being watched and under the threat of murder if she does not set up the Deputy Secretary to be assassinated.

Lisa is in between a rock and a hard place. She is 37,000 feet in the air with a psychopath. How is she going to save both her father and the Deputy Secretary? She is going to get her wits about her and use her head and hope she can outsmart him and save everyone who is in peril.

The Dish

This was not what I was expecting. I know that Every Wes Craven movie is a horror film. But the trailers lead you to believe that Jackson is a demon or something. I really hate “bait and switch” trailers. But I did enjoy the movie. While one should never be compared to Hitchcock, it was like a Hitchcock movie. I can't put my finger on why. Maybe it was the cat and mouse game that is complicated by outside forces. Yeah, I'll go with that. Even though there are hundreds of people surrounding them throughout the movie, it's about just the two of them.

Redeye is slow at times, but picks up significantly when Lisa decides that she is no longer going to be a victim, unfortunately that is only the last 30 minutes or so. Both Murphy and Adams turn in very good performances. The movie is long over, yet I can still the see the determination in her eyes and the menacing comments from his mouth.

The Directive

This is a really good date movie. It's not at all scary, so don't be fooled.

3BC Ratings

flashing yellow

Redeye is pretty close to a wide eyed thriller


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2006
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